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Metabank CEO Keynotes Beacom Distinguished Lecture Series

Photo of Metabank CEO J. Tyler Haahr. Metabank CEO J. Tyler Haahr speaks at the Beacom Distinguished Speaker Series Nov. 7.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business hosted alumnus J. Tyler Haahr, Chairman and CEO of Meta Financial Group, Inc. and Metabank, as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series on Nov. 7.

“We are always thankful for Beacom alumni like J. Tyler Haahr who share their leadership experience,” said Venky Venkatachalam, dean of the Beacom School of Business. “By partnering with alumni and leaders in industry through events like the Beacom Distinguished Speaker Series, we can create long-lasting relationships that benefit local businesses looking for their next future CEO and our students, alumni, faculty and staff."

Haahr is the current Chairman and CEO of Meta Financial Group, Inc. and Metabank. Speaking to a capacity crowd of more than a 120 people at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Sioux Falls, he explained Metabank’s successful rise since he started with the company in 1997. The company has seen assets grow from $400.6 million to $5.2 billion.

Haahr is a 1986 USD accounting graduate with honors. He continued his education obtaining a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1989. In addition to his role at Metabank, J. Tyler Haahr also serves as the Secretary and a member of the Board of Directors of LifeScape as well as the Director and past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Sioux Falls YMCA.


USD's Beacom School of Business was established in 1927 and has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 1949. The leading business school in the region, Beacom’s programs are consistently ranked among the top business schools in the nation by Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report and others for its high-quality learning experience, student success, affordability, and high-caliber of faculty and students. Whether a student chooses face-to-face or online courses, Beacom’s programs emphasize real-world experience through professional organizations, quality internships and capstone projects.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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